Military life in the garrison

Over the decades, the character of the US presence has changed considerably. Initially, the US military were occupiers.

At the very beginning, there was even a “fraternization ban”, which prohibited soldiers from having friendly relations with the German population.

Maneuver drills were part of military life.
Pictured here is an M60A3 tank and squad (Spec. Bobby Odom, SSgt. Carl Johnson and Spec. Tracy Sgroi).

With the beginning of the Cold War, the tasks of those stationed in Mannheim and elsewhere changed and scenarios of a “hot” war were practiced.

From the 1990s onwards, international deployments by the US Army increasingly determined the everyday lives of the soldiers. 

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Found objects

The Mannheim US garrison depicted in objects